Ghastly Marshes ‎– Ancient Spirits Of The Fen

Psychotic Release ‎– PRCD20
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1 Inhaling The Air On The Frozen Swamp
2 The Unforgettable Tears Of Layla
3 Ghost Soldiers Of Bygone Battles
4 When The War Of Nottinzest Began
5 No Fate In The Victory Of Zefiro
6 Anxiety Through The Dark Passage
7 Wandering On The Foggy Mountain
8 Night In The Marshes Of The Unknown
9 The Black Wood Strikes Back
10 Reaching The Arbour Of Solitude
11 Hunting, Or Being Hunted?
12 The Truth Behind The Witch Of Zanch
13 Ancient Spirits Of The Fen
14 Krisby Returned With A Sick Mind
15 Buried Doll (Kiss It & Say Goodnight)


Comes in standard jewel case with black and white artwork. Numbered on the back cover.

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June 23, 2016

A review taken from the online Dark Room Magazine, literally translated with enormous cure:

"Second work, after "Shallafrost Course And Other Tales" from 2014, for this duo by Emanuele Lago, already known to the sound chronicles for the projects Black Mountain Chronicles and Immortal Agony, and the American Doyle Finley, better known in the Invercauld robes.
"Ancient Spirits Of The Fen" has the features of a large suite divided into 15 passages,
the titles of which go to make up a virtual fantastic journey together with imaginary names and places. The sounds come to life by electronic processing often multilayered, divided among drones, noises and vague litanies.
Audio lines never follow a defined logic, aiming to create atmospheres in which to move
grim and undefined sensations into a constant evocation of a fantasy style.
On the stylistical plane they take the moves from the post-industrial canons with some more blatantly "death" stakes, but always keeping a personal touch both compositionally and in visionary background.
If the disk layout is decidedly controlled in its geographical and emotional stages,
in detail a more improvised cut emerges, which avoids the classic industrial-electronics insistencey, to favor an absolutely not rigid playthrough, almost modeled on oneiric experiences barely touched by small loops.
Compared to the debut album, we can see the greater insistence of leaden tones:
the darkness increases as well as the approaches to the dark ambient genre, while manteining strong the connection with the world of the legendary sagas.
Excellent is the audio quality, well organized on the necessary low frequencies.
Essential packaging in numbered jewel-case and CDr support.
One of the best names born under the aegis of Lago and his Psychotic Release.
Michele Viali, Dark Room Magazine."


May 29, 2016

A review taken from the web-zine VER SACRUM (Italy), which I have translated into English:

New chapter of Ghastly Marshes , conspicuous collaboration between Emanuele Lago from Veneto, already a veteran of the experimental Italian scene, who has been able, in the years, to build a sort of niche, & the American Doyle Finley.
I already had got occasion to talk, previously, on Ver Sacrum, about the previous chapter "Shallafrost Course And Other Tales". Now, for this new Ancient Spirits Of The Fen, I can't but confirm substantially what said before: the ambiences are always very obscure and cryptical, very near, like general atmosphere, to dark ambient and to noise, even though we must point out that the used instruments don't comprehend synths but there is a sostantial concentration on research and manipulation of the sounds: there isn't space for the light in the sound-universe of Ghastly Marshes.
Who had loved the Cold Meat Industry schoold and “historical” names of the dark-ambient genre like Lustmord & Raison D’Etre, will not find hard to be at their own good feelings in this matter as like in other similar projects by the same Lago, like Black Mountains Chronicles & Immortal Agony.
In this occasion there seems not to be any concept, an aspect, this, which maybe takes out a bit of fascination respect to Shallafrost Course And Other Tales, an album, this one, ncentrated on imaginary locations to which a gloomy horror halo was not foreign.
Ancient Spirits Of The Fen was composed by mail between Lago e Doyle Finley: pratically, the 2 exchanged the bases and then re-touched the material............."

By Caesar (Ver Sacrum).